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To ?   29 March 1882

Summary

"Earthworms are hermaphrodite, but two must unite & both produce eggs.–– I have seen hundreds coupled, early in the morning & occasionally during the night.––"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  29 Mar 1882
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (n.d.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13748A

To Nature   [before 6 April 1882]

Summary

Reports observations of W. D. Crick [see 13705, 13715, and 13721] and Frank Norgate [see 13079]. They leave no doubt that living bivalves are often carried from pond to pond.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 6 Apr 1882]
Classmark:  Nature 25 (1882): 529–30; Collected Papers 2: 276
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13760

From A child of God   [after 24 February 1871?]

Summary

Urges CD to repent and seek salvation through Christ.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 24 Feb 1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770

To ?   19 March [1860–1?]

Summary

Recommends papers on Styrian Cave insects and American cave animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Mar [1860–1]
Classmark:  King’s College London Archives (TH/PP MISC)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770G

To ?   8 December [1861–8]

Summary

Thanks for information on inheritance of mental peculiarities in cats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  8 Dec [1861-8]
Classmark:  Dr Jeremy J. C. Mallinson (private collection); sold at Sotheby’s (dealers), 11 December 2017, lot 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770J

To ?   10 February 1882

Summary

Asks correspondent to sign certificate for Raphael Meldola [as a candidate for Royal Society].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  10 Feb 1882
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13675

To ?   4 February 1882

Summary

Discusses plate for use in article ["Action of carbonate of ammonia on chlorophyll-bodies", Journal of the Linnean Society of London (Botany) 19: 239–61].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  4 Feb 1882
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.615)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13658

To ?   23 November 1881

Summary

Sends copies of Variation, Descent, and Journal of researches from "the library of my late brother".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Nov 1881
Classmark:  Charles Hamilton (dealer) (29 January 1970)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13507

To Nature   7 November [1881]

Summary

Summarises letter of William Nation [13350]. The facts given strongly support the conclusion that there is some close connection between the parasitic habits of birds that lay their eggs in others’ nests and the fact of their laying eggs at "considerable intervals of time".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  7 Nov [1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 17 November 1881, p. 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13471

To ?   5 October 1881

Summary

Has resolved never to write for periodicals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Oct 1881
Classmark:  Rick Northwood (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13373F

To Nature   [before 15 September 1881]

Summary

Quotes from a Fritz Müller letter of 9 Aug supporting CD’s views that leaves position themselves at night so as to minimise heat loss by radiation. It is a new fact to CD that leaves take different positions at different seasons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 15 Sept 1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 15 September 1881, p. 459
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13338

To ?   5 September 1881

Summary

Asks him to deliver two or three feet of linoleum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Sept 1881
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (21–2 July 1988)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13317A

To ?   31 July [1881?]

Summary

Thanks for note and plant specimen. Will take care of it for his own sake and Kew’s.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 July [1881?]
Classmark:  David Schulson (dealer)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13267

To ?   18 August [1880?]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for information on a plant. It is too late for his present work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 Aug [1880?]
Classmark:  Harvard University, Department of Psychology
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13289A

To ?   20 August 1881

Summary

Fly adheres to ceiling by viscid matter on feet. Refers correspondent to B. T. Lowne, Anatomy and physiology of the blow-fly (1870).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  20 Aug 1881
Classmark:  Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RL.10387)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13292

To ?   21 August 1881

Summary

Encloses a letter from his son G. H. Darwin and another from his son Francis Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Aug 1881
Classmark:  C. G. Boerner in Leipzig (dealer) (4–6 December 1911)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13294G

To ?   21 August 1881

Summary

Declines an invitation to write for an unidentified periodical. "I am unable to write short articles in an interesting manner, & they would consume much of my time."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Aug 1881
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (March 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13296A

To ?   17 June 1881

Summary

Thanks correspondent for sending paper on molluscs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  17 June 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.591)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13208

To Nature   13 July [1881]

Summary

Communicates two cases of inheritance reported by J. P. Bishop [in 13137]. The work of E. Brown-Séquard has demonstrated that effects of injuries can be inherited ["Hereditary transmission of an epileptiform affection accidentally produced", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 10 (1860): 297–8]. E. Dupuy has sent CD a still more remarkable case.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  13 July [1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 21 July 1881, p. 257
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13245

To ?   18 July 1881

Summary

Asks what to do with [unspecified] receipt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 202: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13248
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